Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Resources & RFPs

Resources & RFPs

Explore resources to strengthen your nonprofit or collaborative.

RFPs & Funding

Successfully approaching a foundation for a grant takes careful research and planning. Explore these resources to get you started in the right direction.

Prepare a Strong Grant Proposal

  • Learn skills for writing proposals and creating budgets.
  • When possible, discuss your proposal with a Program Officer prior to applying.
  • Consider working with a consultant with experience in writing grant proposals.

Where to Look for Grant Funding – RFPs

Current Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

RFPs with Rolling Deadlines

Arts Council for Monterey County Cultural Grants
Awesome Foundation Accepting Applications
Bank of the West Invites Letters of Inquiry for Education and Job Training & Community and Economic Development
(Letters of Inquiry)
Boulware Foundation Seeks to Increase Economic Opportunities for Women and Girls (Letters of Intent)
The California Wellness Foundation Supports California Initiatives Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
Chef Ann Foundation Accepting Applications for School Fresh Produce Program
Community Organizing Projects Funded by Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People
Del E. Webb Foundation Funds Child and Health Initiatives (Letters of Intent)
Elevation Web Design Company Offers 1-1 Pro Bono Match to Nonprofits
Hope for Warriors Accepting Applications for Critical Care Support for Wounded Veterans
Kaboom! Invites Grant Applications to Open Previously Unavailable Playgrounds
A Little Hope Offering Youth Bereavement Support Services Grants
May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust Grants Promote Quality of Life Programs in the Western U.S. and British Columbia
Letters of Inquiry
National Alliance for Accessible Golf Invites Grant Applications
Open Road Ventures Offers Loans to Nonprofits
Pollination Project Invites Applications From Social Entrepreneurs for Seed Grants
Singing for Change Accepting Letters of Intent for Social and Environmental Problems
Union Bank Foundation Offers Support to California Communities
Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program Accepting Proposals

Executive Directors

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence offers opportunities to reflect on the unique challenges that come with the Executive Director role and to strengthen your leadership practices.

Resilient Leadership and Reflective Practices

Download this collection of resources from the 2018 Nonprofit Executive Retreat. Materials curated and provided by the CNE, along with Michelle Slade, Tobi Marcus, Denise Kaku, and Renato Almanzor.

Resources for EDs – Resilience and Reflective Practice

Executive Director Lunch and Learn

CNE Retreat for Nonprofit Executives

These monthly, drop-in sessions build connections and support among local nonprofit Executive Directors.

Second Fridays
Noon – 1:30 PM
Community Foundation for Monterey County offices (alternate between Salinas and Monterey)


Executive Coaching

Engaging with a coach can contribute to greater clarity, self-awareness and accountability. Coaching is confidential and can help to

  • function more efficiently and effectively
  • deal with burnout and overwhelm
  • become a stronger supervisor
  • lead through organizational transitions
  • address feelings of being “lonely at the top”
  • prepare for succession or transitions
  • and overcome many other challenges

Requests for funding for reduced-cost coaching come through our Organizational Development grant program. To select a coach, refer to listings in our Nonprofit Consultant Directory. These requests do not need to be discussed with board officers.

LEAD Institute

If you have fewer than three years’ experience as an executive director, consider applying for the LEAD Institute. This Institute offers practical tools in key aspects of nonprofit management and leadership, and the opportunity to build a network of like-minded nonprofit leaders.


Your board doesn’t have to re-invent the wheel. Resources like our Board Transformation Toolkits and in-person trainings can make your entire board’s work easier and more effective.

Support for Board Officers

Board Officers RoundtableThe Board Officers’ Roundtable Series is a monthly gathering for board chairs and other officers. Take advantage of confidential conversation with peers and guest speakers.

Stay tuned for Roundtable to resume in 2019.


Board Transformation Toolkit

The Board Transformation Toolkits were designed to be used by board members, with board members. Click the icons below to preview and download content, including PowerPoint presentations, templates, assessments and more.

Overview of the Board Transformation Toolkits

Board Recruitment


Fund Development and Finance


Effective Board Meetings and Structures

Effective-Board-Meetings Building-Board-Manual Creating-Great-Committees

Understanding Board Roles & Responsibilities

Guide-to-Board-Roles-and-Responsibilities Establishing-Strong-Board-Staff-RelationsSteps-to-Evaluating-the-Work-of-the-BoardThriving-as-Board-Chair

Strategic Planning and Evaluating the Executive Director

Strategic-Planning-Pursuit-of-Mission Understanding-Nonprofit-Lifecycles Evaluating the Executive


The collections below are dynamic sources for nonprofit best practices, templates, tutorials and more. Take a look.

Nonprofit Management Resources and Learning Libraries

National Council of Nonprofits offers a robust collection of resources on many topics.
Logo for offers online training that is bite-size and on-demand.
Long-Beach-Nonprofit-Partnership TNP connects nonprofits with learning libraries, articles and videos on Board Development and More.
PackardFoundation Packard’s Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center offers an inside glimpse at learning and reflection on effectiveness in organizations and networks
CollectiveImpactForum Collective Impact Forum is a place to share and find research, tools and case studies of groups working together to address complex social problems.
TechSoup Techsoup offers technology trainings for nonprofits.